Graham leaves Leeds' famous five behind

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Ian Rush, Tomas Brolin, Carlton Palmer, Tony Dorigo and Brian Deane were all missing from the 20-man Leeds squad that left yesterday for a pre- season tour of Sweden, while Tony Yeboah has not returned after the summer break.

The absence of these five first-team players, who in their heyday would all command million pound transfer fees, seems to have paved the way for a clear-out at Elland Road.

"There is no point in these players going to Sweden if there is any chance that they could be leaving to join other clubs," George Graham, the Leeds manager, said. "If there is any transfer activity while we are away, they will be around to sort out their future. I want people who are fully committed to Leeds United, not players who will be here in the short term."

David Ginola completed his pounds 2m move to Spurs yesterday, signing a four- year deal at White Hart Lane before firing a parting shot at the Newcastle United manager, Kenny Dalglish.

Ginola, signed by Kevin Keegan two years ago, found himself out of favour when Dalglish arrived at St James' Park.

"I went there for Keegan and a new manager does not always want all the previous signings,'' Ginola said. "There are a lot of nice people up there but it is impossible to get on with all of them."

Ginola is set to link up with his new team-mates today in Norway, where they are currently on a pre-season tour.

Danny Murphy has finally completed his delayed move to Liverpool from Crewe. The 20-year-old midfielder had been due to sign last week, but the transfer was put on hold after doubts about a a knee problem.

Chris Waddle is set to complete his third transfer of the week as Burnley manager by signing the Leeds midfielder Mark Ford for around pounds 250,000.

Milan have received two offers from English clubs for the Italy midfielder Roberto Baggio, Adriano Galliani, the vice-president of Milan, said yesterday.

Galliani did not name the clubs and said the offers had neither been accepted nor rejected. He added Milan had also received an offer from Serie A side Bologna for Baggio, who has said he will leave Milan before the start of next season.

Derby made an offer for Baggio earlier this month, but negotiations between the two sides failed to produce an agreement.

Sony are to pay pounds 1m for a three-year advertising deal with the Premier League. It will mean Sony Playstation logos at every club ground and on show at all matches played in the FA Carling Premiership. The deal is in addition to Sony's recent pounds 10m sponsorship of the Champions' League over the next three years.

Alvin Martin, the former West Ham defender, has been named as the new manager of Second Division Southend.

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